By: Dennis Fithian
This is the October #Trending.
Trending is a poll which ranks who is getting talked about the most on the Detroit sports scene. Comments and suggestions are welcome.
(Rankings are compiled after meetings with on-air hosts, producers and call screeners at 97.1.)
Top 25 #Trending (last month’s ranking)
1. (4) Justin Verlander: Record performances in postseason casts away all doubters.
2. (19) Max Scherzer: Brilliant in game two of ALCS despite horrific ending for Tigers.
3. (NR) Anibal Sanchez: Six no hit innings in game one of ALCS.
4. (20) Joaquin Benoit: Was steady all year long, but now looks real shaky.
5. (15) Calvin Johnson: Fought through knee pain to play in Cleveland as mainly a decoy.
6. (NR) Jhonny Peralta: Back from PED suspension with one of the Tigers hottest bats.
7. (NR) Brady Hoke: Must be having nightmares about Penn State loss.
8. (5) Miguel Cabrera: Fighting various injuries but still muscling the ball out of the infield.
9. (16) Jim Leyland: Getting praised or criticized on a game by game basis.
10. (3) Devin Gardner: He can’t take care of the ball.
11. (1) Ndamukong Suh: He’s stayed out of the limelight for a few games. A positive for the Lions.
12. (14) Matthew Stafford: Played a good second half verses the Browns to put the Lions at 4-2.
13. (8) Victor Martinez: Giving the Tigers what they need so far in the post season.
14. (NR) Prince Fielder: Waiting for the extra base power.
15. (NR) Pat Narduzzi: Spartan DC has No. 1 ranked unit in the nation on total defense.
16. (2) Reggie Bush: Odds are Lions are a playoff team if Bush & Megatron stay healthy.
17. (7) Shilique Calhoun: Half way through the season he’s the Spartans MVP on a loaded defense.
18. (NR) Austin Jackson: Is striking out almost every time at bat in post season.
19. (NR) Andre Drummond: Has knocked down 9 of 12 FT’s in preseason after shooting 37% last year.
20. (11) Conner Cook: Emerged as Spartans starting signal caller.
21. (NR) Al Borges: UM OC couldn’t find the right play late in bad loss at PSU.
22. (NR) Torii Hunter: Plays the game with great effort and with a big smile.
23. (NR) Jonas Gustavsson: Monster has looked good in back to back wins for Wings.
24. (NR) Jake Ryan: Michigan linebacker returns to a defense and team that needs a spark.
25. (NR) Brandon Jennings: Punched in the jaw by rapper Game at a nightclub, now out for nearly a month with a mouth injury. Coincidence?
Dropped out of top 25: Jeremy Gallon, Blake Countess, Andrew Maxwell, Conner Cook, Tyler O’Connor, Brandon Pettigrew, Drew Smyly, Riley Reiff, Fitz Toussaint, Jeremy Langford and Jake Butt.
Also receiving votes in past months:
Jimmy Howard, Bruce Rondon, Trey Burke, Gary Harris, Mike Babcock, Keith Appling, Tim Hardaway Jr., John Beilein, Dave Dombrowski, Adreian Payne, Mitch McGary, Nick Kronwall, Jonathan Ericsson, Rick Porcello, Martin Mayhew, Ray McCallum, Pavel Datsyuk, Denzel Valentine, Nick Castellanos, Damien Brunner, Tomas Tatar, Glenn Robinson III, Nick Lidstrom, Nick Stauskas, Mike Ilitch, Lawrence Frank, Titus Young, Calvin Johnson, Scott Linehan, Tom Gores, Gary Bettman, Scott Boras, Brandon Dawson, Greg Monroe, Derrick Green, Ken Holland, Gunther Cunningham, Dominic Raiola, Mark Dantonio, Kyle Singler, Jose Calderon, Joe Dumars, Jeff Backus, Denard Robinson, Andre Drummond, Jim Schwartz and Henrick Zetterberg.